Uganda: A Primate Paradise

Uganda Safari

  • Small Group
  • Land Based Adventures
  • 14-20 Capacity
  • 14 Days
  • 2014 View Departure>
    • 2014
    • Jul 18 Fri
  • Price from
  • $15,570

Summary : Uganda adventure travel is alluring and profound—after all, this is one of Africa’s most biologically diverse countries and home to the amazing mountain gorilla. Your experience here focuses on Uganda’s primates, but delves into the natural wonders of the country from the rain forests of the great Congo Basin to the wetlands of Lake Victoria to the semi-arid deserts of the Sahel. During your trekking safari tour, hope to glimpse lions, leopards, elephants, cape buffalos, and, of course, the 400-pound knuckle-walking mountain gorillas. This tour includes two days in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of families of gorillas—a truly life-changing endeavor.

Activities : Birding, Hiking, Photography

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Itinerary
Day 1
USA / Entebbe, Uganda

Depart on your independent flight to Entebbe, Uganda.

Day 2 – 3
Entebbe

Arrive in Entebbe late on Saturday evening and transfer to the Boma Guesthouse. On the following day, enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. After lunch, join a tour of Entebbe and its environs. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4
Entebbe / Murchison Falls National Park

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Murchison Falls National Park, which straddles the Victoria Nile at the Western Rift Valley.

Uganda’s largest national park, a scenic wonderland of rolling palm-studded grass lands, acacia woodland, papyrus swamp, and the meandering Victoria Nile, is home to an impressive concentration of the animals in Uganda. Enjoy two full days of the magnificent scenery and bountiful wildlife of this unique area.

An upriver foray brings you to the foot of Murchison Falls. This memorable ten-mile journey delivers you to one of Africa’s most powerful and dramatic waterfalls. En route, keep an eye out for large herds of hippos and enormous Nile crocodiles, with Cape buffalo, waterbucks, and elephants in close attendance. Birders will thrill to a variety of species including Goliath herons, rock pratincoles, red-throated bee-eaters, and possibly the shoebill—surely one of the world’s strangest birds. Meals and overnights at Paraa Safari Lodge offering beautiful vistas overlooking the Nile.

Day 5
Murchison Falls National Park

Continue your exploration of the park by safari vehicle and river boat in search of the elegant Rothschild giraffe, Cape buffalo, and savanna elephant. Smaller herbivores such as Jackson’s hartebeest, bush duiker, oribi, and Ugandan kob are plentiful and support a healthy population of lions. With luck, you should also see bands of terrestrial Patas monkeys.

Day 6
Kibale National Park

After an early breakfast you begin your long but fascinating drive to Kibale, traveling from the Rift Valley into a patchwork of colorful villages and agricultural lands. Eventually you reach a mixture of forest and tea plantations at the foothills of the looming Rwenzoris, or “Mountains of the Moon.” Overnight at beautiful Ndali Lodge, situated on a high saddle between two crater lakes.

Day 7
Kibale National Park

Spend a full day in Kibale National Park, one of Africa’s most researched and documented forest reserves. Chimpanzees are abundant here—these fascinating creatures are well studied and accustomed to human observers. Locate them by listening to their characteristic pant-hooting calls as they execute their nomadic treks along forest pathways and forage for fruit in the canopy above. Also spend time searching for other species, including grey-cheeked mangabeys; red-tailed and vervet monkeys; and both red and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Return to Ndali Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 8
Kibale National Park / Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast you return to Kibale to continue your exploration. Enjoy lunch and then head for Queen Elizabeth National Park and arrive in time for a cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George to Lake Edward. Birds here are both numerous and spectacular, including multiple species of eagle, stork, waterfowl, kingfisher, and bee-eater. Regarded by some as one of Africa’s best birding locations, more than 560 bird species have been recorded. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge, which overlooks Lake Edward.

Day 9
Queen Elizabeth National Park

An early start gives you a full day to explore this celebrated park. Your game drive explores the rich thicket savanna along the Kazinga Channel, one of the best sites to spot giant forest hogs, then continues south through Maramagambo Forest to the remote southern sector of the Park. Dinner and overnight at the Ishasha Wilderness Camp, which overlooks the Ntungwe River.

Day 10
Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The remote Ishasha sector protects a wilderness of swamps and thorn savanna and is home to large herds of Cape buffalo and topi. The Uganda kob is also conspicuous, with large aggregations gathering at traditonal lekking grounds. A special attraction of Ishasha is its population of tree-climbing lions, one of the few places where this behavior may be seen. After lunch drive to the permanent luxury-tented Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, set on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage Site and one of the most biologically diverse areas on the planet. In the evening attend a briefing on gorilla-watching etiquette followed by dinner and overnight.

Day 11 – 12
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Spend two days at Bwindi tracking mountain gorillas. Each day you will divide into two groups and, following an early breakfast, depart for the forest. Under the supervision of trained local guides, head to the site where the gorillas were seen the previous day and then begin your search. Once the gorillas are located, you have time to observe, photograph, and enjoy this unique experience. Other activities at Bwindi include forest trekking for the lesser primates and looking for the many bird species that make this montane forest their home.

Day 13 – 14
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Entebbe

After breakfast you board your charter aircraft for the short flight to Entebbe. Transfer to the Boma Guesthouse for dinner and a chance to relax before your independent homeward flight. Arrive in the USA the next day.

Notes

Included:
All gratuities; all accommodations; group meals; group transfers; guided excursions as stated in the itinerary; entrance fees for parks/reserves, gorilla/chimpanzee tracking permits, etc.; $50,000 of medical expense coverage and $75,000 in emergency evacuation insurance; domestic air transportation within Uganda.

Not Included:
All air transportation except as listed above; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; accident/baggage/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages, e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

*Emergency Medical & Evacuation Insurance:
Emergency medical coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $50,000 is included in the cost of this expedition, as well as evacuation coverage to a maximum benefit per paying passenger of $75,000. Insurance is underwritten by National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA. The policy will contain reductions, limitations, exclusions and termination provisions. All coverages may not be available in all states. Please note this coverage does not cover you against trip cancellation or for additional days of travel prior to and/or after the expedition trip dates. ExpeditionTrips strongly advises all clients to purchase travel insurance which includes trip cancellation and interruption coverage for the entire duration of your trip.